TEAM NEWS: Thomas Abbey, Winful Cobbinah, Vincent Atingah, and Patrick Razak rejoined full training this week after going on national duty with the local Black Stars.

Richard Yamoah is in contention for selection but Inusah Musah is yet to join full training.

 

MATCH PREVIEW: Accra Hearts of Oak will play as guests of Accra Great Olympics in the match-day 25 of the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League season at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, 27th August, 2017.

The Phobians are hoping to complete the league double over city-rivals Olympics, having eked out a 2-1 win in the first round, and will also seek to stay in contention and put pressure on the leading pack in the business end of the season.

Team Hearts were denied all three points in their last game, picking up only a point in a 1-1 draw affair with Kotoko in their last match. Frank Nuttall’s side had taking a deserving lead in the second half but a strange decision from match referee Emmanuel Daly-Gagba allowed Kotoko to snatch a point through a spot kick converted by Sadick Adams to cancel out Kwame Kizito’s well taken strike.

But the Phobians have put that game behind and fully focused on the upcoming game with Great Olympics. Coach Nuttall’s side have not taken their eyes off the ball despite the break in the league, having played a serious of friendly matches to keep the players fit and ready for battle, and they stepped up their training this week as attention turned on the coming game with Olympics on Sunday. 

During the league break, Hearts played a serious of low key friendly matches with the recent one being a 4-0 drubbing win over the PFAG team. Kaakyire FC proved stubborn and wereable to deny Hearts a win when the two sides met in a thrilling 3-3 draw affair in Nkawkaw some days ago. Richard Yamoah, who has just returned from a long lay-off, was fully involved in the match with the Nkawkaw based side whilst Paul Acquah flourished playing behind the striker. 

Coach Nuttall has a lot of options going into the weekend’s game and even sparingly used players have lifted their efforts in a bid to get a run-in at the closing stage of the season. 

Accra Great Olympics have not had a smooth return to the topflight and though their troubles continue as they seek to get out of the relegation mire, a game with Hearts is always enough impetus to get the best out of the “Dade” boys. They put up splendid spirit in the first round, almost denying Hearts all three points when the two sides met. Paul Acquah had put Hearts in the lead on his first start of the season, but Benjamin Mensah drew Olympics level before the break. It took a scrappy finish from defender Inusah Musah to earn Hearts a 2-1 win over Olympics in the first round.

But it would even be difficult this time around playing Olympics, who are fully aware that anything other than a win, is a sure sign of their slip back to the lower division. 

Hearts have only lost a game at the Accra Sports Stadium this season, and though the match with Olympics is an away encounter on paper, coach Nuttall’s side will go all out to get victory to keep on pressure on WAFA and Aduana Stars.  

MATCH FACTS: In the last 23 league meetings between Hearts and Olympics, the Phobians have won 11, drawn nine and lost three times against their city rivals.

Season/Result

1997/98   Hearts 1 – 1 Olympics

    Olympics 0 – 1 Hearts

1999        Hearts 0 – 1 Olympics

    Olympics 2 – 2 Hearts

2000        Olympics 0 – 3 Hearts

    Hearts 1 – 2 Olympics

2001        Olympics 1 – 1 Hearts

    Hearts 0 – 0 Olympics

2002        Hearts 2 – 0 Olympics?

    Olympics 2 – 2 Hearts

2003        Olympics 1 – 1 Hearts

    Hearts 2 – 1 Olympics

2004        Olympics 0 – 3 Hearts

    Hearts 2 – 3 Olympics

2005        Olympics Relegated

2006/7     Hearts 2 – 1 Olympics

    Olympics 1 – 1 Hearts

2007/8     Hearts 0 – 0 Olympics

    Olympics 0 – 1 Hearts

2008/9     Olympics Relegated

2009/10   Olympics 0 – 2 Hearts

     Hearts 1 – 0 Olympics

     [Samuel Afum]

2010/11    Olympics Relegated

2014/15     Olympics 0 – 0 Hearts

?        Hearts 1 - 0 Olympics

?        [Foovi Aguidi]

2015/16?Olympics Relegated

2016/17       Hearts 2 – 1 Olympics

?        [Paul Acquah, Inusah Musah]